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'Absolute Hit' rose Description
'Absolute Hit' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Cass
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
13 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Orange or orange-red Mini-Flora.
Registration name: POUlrouge
Exhibition name: Absolute Hit
Origin:
Bred by L. Pernille Olesen (Denmark, before 1993). Bred by Mogens Nyegaard Olesen (Denmark, before 1993).
Introduced in Denmark by Poulsen Roser A/S in 1995 as 'Absolute Hit'.
Class:
Mini-Flora, Patio.  PatioHit ® Collection.  
Bloom:
Orange or orange-red.  None / no fragrance.  30 to 35 petals.  Average diameter 1.5".  Small, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, high-centered to flat bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Small, pointed, ovoid buds.  
Habit:
Short, compact, upright.  Small foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of 10" to 2' (25 to 60 cm).  Width of 6" to 8" (15 to 20 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  
Patents:
European Union - Patent No: 300  on  2 Aug 1996
Application No: 19950362  on  25 Jul 1995
Holder: Poulsen Roser ApS. Denomination approved: POULROUGE.
First commercialisation in EU: 21/12/1993
Expiry of protection on 1/1/2019.
 
United States - Patent No: PP 9,687  on  12 Nov 1996   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 08/588,053  on  19 Jan 1996
Miniature rose plant named Poulrouge
Mogens N. and Pernille Olesen, Fredensborg, Denmark
... suitable for pot rose production... bright orange flower color... Parentage: POULion x Unnamed orange seedling... Blooming habit: Continuous... Bloom size: 1.5 inches... Stem length: 4 to 6 inches... No. of Petals: 30 to 35... Occasional white streak on the guard petals... Fragrance: None... Lastingness: On the plant: Long, 7 to 8 days. As a cut flower: Long, 8 to 10 days... When grown in a 5-inch pot, the plant is 10 inches to 12 inches tall (above soil line) and 6 inches to 8 inches wide... Susceptible to mildew under normal growing conditions at Somis, California...
Notes:
A correspondent writes: I purchased Violet Hit as a potted rose from a local store. It was nice in the pot, but when I put it out in my garden it got bigger and bloomed better than any of my 600 or so other roses. I actually planted a hedge of damaged plants that I purchased which the store was going to throw away and they came back and out performed every thing else in my garden. Why hasn't someone started selling them as outside plants for northern climates (zone 5)?


Their sister plants 'Absolute Hit' and 'Perfect Hit' are great, too, and offer marvelous color. 'Absolute Hit' is red, 'Perfect Hit' a salmon pink. For anyone doing dried flowers they are gorgeous and for edging a driveway or walkway with short roses they are the best to be found I think. I have been a rose grower and dried flower supplier for several years so I am not a novice. I really would like to see these roses available to public as garden roses.